19 June 2021 – Juneteenth
I love when I get a call from a cool colleague.
Liz Robertson from The Philadelphia Inquirer called me up asking if I could help out with Juneteenth festivities. Without hesitation I said, "Yes." I was tasked to cover REC Philly's grantees of black artists who were awarded funding for their art form. Music, painting, sculpture, photography, video and others were divvied up from $48,000 in funding in a collaborative effort with radio stations WXPN and WRTI.
For those that don't know:
- a holiday celebrated on 19 June to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.*
*Source: Google Dictionary
It was a hot sticky day that began with one assignment and concluded with 2.5 assignments, such is newspapers, and I love that.
To help supplement the Juneteenth package I was tasked to go over to Franklin Square and photograph music being performed in the park. I had missed the Civil War re-enactors so decided on my own to hit up the African American History Museum in Philadelphia.
At the end it began with me leaving home @ 10:30 a.m. and pulling back in at 6:30 p.m. a solid day of exploring. I was dripping sweat from the amount of walking – needing sugar and salt, the frames were worth it.
Oh, and I was even able to sneak in a frame made outside the mall for my wild art stand alone contribution, for old time's (newspapering) sake.
Enjoy the smattering of images.